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Restrictions & Sanctions

Trading restrictions (United Arab Emirates)

Trading restrictions imposed against the United Arab Emirates

Trading restrictions imposed by the United Arab Emirates

  • Arab League Boycott of Israel
    United Arab Emirates signed a normalisation agreement with Israel on 15 September 2020 which once ratified is expected to lead to the ending of all sanctions against Israel.

  • Certain flags are banned from entering UAE ports, anchorage areas, territorial waters and the country's economic zone* unless they are carrying valid classification certificates issued by the International Association of Classification Societies ("IACS").

    According to Circular No.8 2019, the current flag list is as follows: Albania; Belize; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Sao Tome and Principe; Tonga; Congo "Republic of" and Equatorial Guinea.

    * Pursuant to UAE Federal Law No.19 of 1993 the UAE's economic zone is defined as 200 nautical miles beyond its territorial waters which territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from the mainland and any island belonging to the UAE.

  • Qatar

    In June 2017 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed restrictions affecting amongst other things shipping, trading, and travelling in the area.

    On 5 January 2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, along with Egypt, signed the “Al-Ula Declaration” at the 41st GCC Summit held in the city of Al-Ula. Since the signing of the Declaration, we understand that steps have been taken to re-open land, sea and air corridors. Circular no. 1 (2021) issued by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure on 8 January said "This is to inform you that the United Arab Emirates has decided to end all measures taken against Qatar and to reopen its airspace, Land and Sea borders with her. "



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